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Obama on farewell tour says globalization is here to stay

Hussein Obama and Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate in 2013

Hussein Obama and Merkel at the Brandenburg Gate in 2013. Photo: Pete Souza / Twitter.

US President Barack Obama has strongly defended globalization during his visit to Berlin on his final European tour before leaving office. He will stay in Germany until Friday before heading to Peru for the APEC summit.

In a joint article for business magazine Wirtschaftswoche Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said cooperation was vital in terms of the rapidly growing global economy and “there will not be a return to a world before globalization.”

“Germans and Americans must take the opportunity to shape globalization according to our values and ideas. We are committed to broadening and deepening our cooperation with our businesses and our citizens, indeed the whole of the world community,” they said.

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